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We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers

Enlarge (credit: Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Imagesi) For much of this decade, organizations seeking to protect wildlife have attempted to use emerging technology as a conservation tool, allowing small numbers of people to monitor and manage data from animals over a wide area. Nowhere is that effort more focused—and more desperate—than in the regions of Africa where illegal animal trade is threatening to wipe out endangered animals such as rhinos, elephants, pangolins, and lions. Here, several organizations are applying Internet of Things (IoT) technology to protect animals, providing rangers with data that helps them intercept poachers before they can get to their quarry. Many conservation efforts elsewhere use IoT to try to track the location of animals, such as Vodafone's IoT tagging of Scottish harbor seals and tracking of endangered dugongs in Philippines.  But in Africa, the task of protecting rhinos is slightly different—it's about tracking people,  specifically the poachers who hunt down the rhinos for their tusks. Rhinos, of course, aren't unique in needing such intervention. Based on data from the Great Elephant Census (GEC) , a continent-wide survey conducted by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc., Africa's savanna elephant population declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014 for instance. That's a loss of 144,000 elephants. Current data shows the rate of decline of the elephant population is now eight percent per year, and ivory poachers are the main reason for that decline. Read 29 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Ubuntu 18.04: Unity is gone, GNOME is back—and Ubuntu has never been better

Canonical recently released Ubuntu 18.04, the company's latest iteration of its popular Linux distribution, nicknamed Bionic Beaver. Ubuntu 18.04 is a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will receive updates and support from Canonical until April 2023. But more notably... Unity is gone . GNOME is back. And Ubuntu has never been better. Read 44 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Following Gmail’s makeover, Outlook rolls out new features focused on business users

Microsoft announced a series of new features for Outlook across desktop, mobile and web to take a bit of the focus off of Gmail’s massive redesign . Some of the features highlight Outlook’s usefulness in the workplace – like new meeting room suggestion capabilities and RSVP tracking. But others, particularly on mobile, are more innovative – like Quick Reply which turns email replies into chats – or Office Lens, which enhances attached photos. Office Lens was already available in a standalone mobile app that does things like straighten out photos of paper documents, whiteboards and business cards. But this sort of image correction technology has made its way to other apps, as well – like Microsoft Pix’s camera app , which now lets you scan business cards to find people on LinkedIn . In Outlook, Office Lens can automatically trim and enhance a photo of a whiteboard, document or photo, then embed it in your message. The feature is arriving first to Android later this month. Quick Reply, meanwhile, keeps your message in view, but then adds a new reply box at the bottom of the screen. This makes the reply experience feel more like using a chat app. This is also hitting Android this month, and will come to Mac this summer.

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Instagram Could Have Some New Features In The Works – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Instagram Could Have Some New Features In The Works Ubergizmo Instagram has been slowly adding new features to its platform where it makes it more fun and useful for people or companies to share photos on its platform. The good news for avid Instagrammers is that if you wanted even more features and tools to play ... and more »

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Are Telephony strategies as useful as paper clip strategies?

It's a "brave new voice world", where the way we collaborate and communicate in our working lives is being transformed by cloud technology. If you're only looking at the features and benefits of phone usage by staff, then you're missing out on an array of communications tools to advance the way people work.

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